After yesterday's huge story that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII, many fans have been wondering what this will mean to the filmmaker's Star Trek franchise. Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore revealed today that the filmmaker will still be committed to the franchise, after Star Trek Into Darkness debuts this summer. Here's what the studio executive had to say, revealing J.J. Abrams will be involved as a producer on Star Trek 3, and on Mission: Impossible 5.
J.J. Abrams will still produce Star Trek 3
"J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new Mission: Impossible, and he is committed to produce another Star Trek."
It also remains possible that J.J. Abrams will be back to direct Star Trek 3. Since there is a four-year gap between 2009's Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, opening on May 17, it may be possible for J.J. Abrams to return and direct Star Trek 3 for a 2017 release. However, if Star Trek Into Darkness is an even bigger hit than Star Trek, Paramount may not want to wait that long.
Star Wars: Episode VII is currently being written by Michael Arndt, with Disney aiming for a 2015 release date.
Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.